Working in diverse media, the artists of Home Sweet Home present artwork addressing issues that speak to our concepts of family, domesticity, and the immediate environments where we live, work, and play. Selected exhibiting artists include: Betsy Hale Bannan, Honor Bowman, Betty Branch, Christine Carr, Genesis Chapman, Travis Head, Susan Jamison, Michael-Birch Pierce, Kristin Skees, Nan Mahone Wellborn, Susan Worsham, and Annie Waldrop. The exhibition also presents the Web-based survey project Looking at the Land- 21st Century American Views. Featuring eighty-eight contemporary image makers, the project explores the evolving tradition of landscape photography and was curated by Andy Adams, publisher of FlakPhoto, produced in collaboration with Swink and Trapp Interactive. Organized by the Wilson Museum and curated by former museum director Amy Moorefield, this exhibition explores notions of home and place.
2014 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence
In his large-scale paintings, Ben Grasso explodes trees and houses into their constituent parts; the resulting images, caught in mid-transformation, float in a space charged with kinetic energy and chaos. Grasso holds an M.F.A. in painting from Hunter College, New York, and a B.F.A. from Cleveland Institute of Art. A recipient of a 2011 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and the 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship, Grasso has exhibited widely across the United States and Europe.
The Frances Niederer artist-in-residence program allows Hollins University to bring a nationally recognized artist to campus every year. While in residence, the artist creates work in a campus studio and teaches an art seminar open to all students. During their time at Hollins, the artist-in-residence plays a vital role in the campus and greater Roanoke community.
In a subtle language of line, color, image and arrangement, Kris Iden creates delicately nuanced work. Her prints and mixed media drawings that explore themes of identity and place are read like visual poems. Iden has exhibited throughout Virginia and internationally. A recipient of the VMFA artist fellowship, she is also a former residency fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Denkmalschmiede Höfgen, Germany. Iden earned her M.F.A. in printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Landscaped! features paintings and works on paper from the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum's collection. Contrasting tightly rendered natural vistas with dramatically colorful abstraction, this exhibition explores the range of artistic interpretations of the natural world. Including Sondra Freckleton's detailed lithograph Garden Landscape, Claire Van Vliet's etching Above in Sun and Wind, and the color field study of Mark Woodie's Springtime, the Wilson Museum is pleased to showcase many of these works for the first time.
This exhibition features the work of members of the Hollins University class of 2014 majoring in studio art. The exhibition is the final requirement for art students earning their Bachelor of Arts at Hollins, and is the capstone experience of their year-long senior project.